When you work from home, and have several tasks to complete each day, it can be difficult to know which priority should always be the top priority. There may be times when everything is a priority or at least it feels like everything is a priority—during these times, it is important to learn how to sort through your different tasks so you know where to start.
If you aren’t sure where to start—when one task is just as important as another—sort your priorities based on which task can be finished in the least amount of time. If you have two assignments, or tasks, that are of the same importance, finishing up the task that will take the least amount of time will allow you to complete one whole task and move on quickly to the next.
On the other hand, if a task is time sensitive, it should—of course—be moved to the top of the pile. These tasks should be completed first simply due to the fact that it has a deadline. After you finish any task with a deadline, you can start on the next priority that will take the shortest amount of time.
Now, what about those tasks that are going to take up a lot of your time? If a task is going to take several days or weeks to complete, try splitting up the tasks into smaller pieces. With smaller chunks of a task you can also work on other time sensitive materials in-between finishing the smaller chunks of long tasks.
One big no-no that I would caution against would be putting tasks off until the last minute. Even if you think you are going to have time to finish the task at the eleventh hour, don’t risk it. Senior work from home individuals will tell you that this type of action can get you into a lot of trouble—and raise your stress level. Try setting a “fake” deadline from 3 days to 7 days before the actual deadline. This gives you some time for human error and a little time to breathe.
How do you prioritize your priorities?